Hair cannot seem to thrive and you don’t know why? It just might be one of the 7 Silent Hair Killers preventing you from attaining your desired hair length. In this article I will tell you what is possibly hindering your hair from its potential growth and how to fix the problem. (In no particular order.)
Chipped Nail Polish/ Hang Nail
- Most women wear nail polish and will let that one finger which is chipped sit until the other nails start to chip. The chipped nail polish and hang nail will literally take strands out of your head (ouch).
- Check your nail bed daily remove your chipped nail polish the second you get the chance (who wants chipped nails anyway and hang nails hurt).
Coats, Sweaters, and Hats
- The constant friction of your hair against your coat and sweater can cause fairy knots. In my case the back and forth of my hair on sweaters causes my hair to matte up which I absolutely hate.
- Wear that super cute pineapple with a headband, or an updo, ponytail, or bun, literally anything that prevents your hair from rubbing back and forth. I’ve also seen satin lined hats which I have yet to try but anything with satin is a winner.
Wearing Your Hair in the Same Spot
- For my avid ponytail wearers, becareful of two things, how tight the scrunchy is, and the placement of your ponytail. If you constantly wear your ponytail or bun in the samespot eventually your hair will start to break off. The tightness can cause traction alopecia, your edges will also soon start to disappear.
- Alternate where you place your bun/ponytail. My rule of thumb for tightness is to only tie it twice.
- Anything that alters the natural state of your hair can cause damage. Heat in my opinion is the number one killer of curls. Especially if you use heat often. I’m not just referring to the flat iron, I’m also referring to blow dryers as well.
- If you absolutely must flat iron or blow dry, do it at a low heat setting for the flat iron and a cool setting for your blow dryer. I only flat iron my hair twice a year so I can get my ends trimmed and I do not go past 400 degrees. Use a heat protectant as well in all circumstances.
- This one for some naturals is very debatable, for me it is a non negotiable. Dry detangling can snap hair follicles and cause split ends.
- Create a water bottle mix with a leave in conditioner, spritz that in to prevent breakage. While you are in the shower and your hair is soaking wet slather your hair with conditioner finger part your hair in four sections, and detangle each section from tip to root.
Combing from Root to Tip
- I admit way back in the day like my junior high years I use to comb my hair starting at the top (root). But the more I learned about hair and how to preserve it, I realized that this method caused my hair several split ends and to be uneven. This method also hurts like heck.
- You must comb from tip to root. It is less stress on you and your hair and you have more control due to the grip that you have in the middle. Like I mentioned previously use conditioner to ease the detangling process.
Not Having a Routine
- A lack of routine is a lose lose situation, possible over/under conditioning. Not knowing what products worked and what did not work, you cannot learn your hair without having a routine.
- The key to attaining length is a routine with consistency. Once a routine is established you’ll learn what products work and don’t work. You learn your hair especially when the weather changes. I will create a post about what should be included in your routine before the month is over!
Have you fallen victim to any of these 7 silent killers? What are your solutions?